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Newfane Male Charged with Welfare Fraud

Newfane Male Charged with Welfare Fraud

Sheriff James R. Voutour announces the arrest of Raymond C. Swanson, 62, of Newfane, on several charges related to a welfare fraud investigation conducted by the Niagara County Sheriff's Welfare Fraud Unit and Niagara County Department of Social Services. Swanson was charged with Grand Larceny 4th degree, Welfare Fraud 4th degree, and three counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing 1st degree, after it was found he received approximately $5,500.00 in benefits he was not eligible to receive between January 2014 and May 2016. Swanson had not disclosed a source of income to Social Services. Swanson was issued appearance tickets on above charges and was given a return court date of August 29, 2016 at 09:30 a.m. in Lockport City Court. 

Wilson Woman Written Up on Alledged Welfare Wrongdoings

Wilson Woman Written Up on Alledged Welfare Wrongdoings

Wilson, NY - Sheriff James R. Voutour announces the arrest of Brittney Kindzia, 30, of Wilson on several charges related to a welfare fraud investigation conducted by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office Welfare Fraud Unit and Niagara County Department of Social Services.  Kindzia was charged with Grand Larceny 4th, Welfare Fraud 4th degree, and three counts of Filing a False Instrument 1st degree. Kindzia received over $3,000 worth of benefits between October 2015 and March 2016 that she was not eligible for. Kindzia was released on appearance tickets and was given a return court date of August 31, 2016 at 09:30 a.m. in Lockport City Court. 

UPDATE: Recovered Stolen Vehicle Arrest

UPDATE: Recovered Stolen Vehicle Arrest

Hartland, NY - On Friday, August 26, 2016, deputies received anonymous information that Carl J. Rivers, 47 years old from Somerset, was driving a vehicle in the Town of Hartland that was reported stolen in Pasco County Florida.

"Virtual Meets Real" in Conspiracy and Money Laundering of Former UB Engineering Student

"Virtual Meets Real" in Conspiracy and Money Laundering of Former UB Engineering Student

BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Zhe Wang, 20, of Queens, NY, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, controlled substances and money laundering conspiracy, before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.  The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

Orchard Park Male Sentenced 96 months for Distribution of Contraband

Orchard Park Male Sentenced 96 months for Distribution of Contraband

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Steven Fine, 30, of Orchard Park, NY, who was convicted of distribution of child pornography, was sentenced to 96 months in prison and 10 years supervised release by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

BREAKING: US MARSHALS warn of Jury-Duty Phone Scam

BREAKING: US MARSHALS warn of Jury-Duty Phone Scam

The U.S. Marshals Service  warning the public of an ongoing jury-duty phone scam where the scammer poses as a U.S. Marshal, deputy marshal, or other law enforcement officer. The scammer calls the victim to advise that he or she has missed federal jury duty, but can avoid arrest by paying a fine immediately. 

The scammer will provide information such as titles and badge numbers of a legitimate law enforcement officer or court official, names of federal judges, and courtroom addresses in an attempt to make the scam appear credible. Scammers are even spoofing their phone numbers to appear on caller ID as if they are from the court or a government agency. The U.S.

Hunt becomes Hunted by Local Lawmen after alleged event at NCCC

Hunt becomes Hunted by Local Lawmen after alleged event at NCCC

Sheriff James R. Voutour announces the arrest of Dejuan L. Hunt II, 25, of Niagara Falls on charges of Sexual Abuse 3rd degree. Hunt was arrested on this latest charge after an investigation into an incident on the Niagara County Community College campus on July 19, 2016. The Niagara County Criminal Investigation Bureau was made aware of this incident and victim, during the investigation of the sexual assault that Hunt committed on August 3, 2016 at the college. He was arraigned in Cambria Town Court and bail was set at an additional $10,000/$20,000. Return court date is September 6,2016 at 2:30 p.m.in town court.